Revitalization of the Tourism Sector in Siirt Project
Sufis visiting Tillo in the past used to take their shoes off at the city centre as a way of showing their respect to saints living in there. The Sufi Path starts at the tombs of Fakirullah and İbrahim Hakkı His Nibs and ends at Kaletül-Üstad Hill. The project includes the following:
- Construction and refurbishment of the facility in which tourists visiting Tillo can stay;
- Installing lighting suitable for the atmosphere and landscape of the city;
- Restoration of certain streets and squares, reparation of the walls surrounding the area where tombs and graves are located;
- Construction of a park at Kaletül-Üstad;
- Installation of informative plates and signboards;
- Increasing Tillo’s level of recognition through promotion activities using the theme “Sufi Way Stretching from West to East “, organising events
- on the equinoxes and arranging supportive activities.
One of the main outcomes of the project is the new route of the Sufi Path. On the other hand, thousands of years of history of Tillo is rewritten with a holistic approach, pointing out the other significant historical and cultural assets of the city thanks to the Revival of Tourism in Siirt Project supported by the Competitive Sectors Programme.
Siirt is apt for tourism with its carved stone plastered houses, tombs, museums, woven textile, copper work, angora wool blankets coloured with madder and its distinct cuisine. Only Tillo attracts around 12 thousand tourists a week. Especially on March 21 and September 23, the days of the equinoxes, there is an influx of tourists to the town from all around the world.